Rapids defender and Trinidadian Mekeil Williams was added to the roster for his home country Trinidad & Tobago today as they prepare to face the United States in a World Cup Qualifier match next Thursday June 8th at DSGP. Full story here.
Here are the headlines for today, including the last couple days.
- Tim Hinchey to leave Rapids front office…(usaswimming.org)
- Rapids to host OKC Energy FC June 13th in 4th round of US Open Cup…(energyfc.com)
- Burling suspended for Week 14 against Columbus Crew SC…(coloradorapids.com)
- Rapids to honor Conor Casey this Saturday…(coloradorapids.com)
In what comes as a surprise to most everyone this morning, Tim Hinchey just granted the wishes of many of the Rapids faithful. Hinchey will be leaving the Rapids front office to take over as President & CEO of USA Swimming as reported in a press release by USA Swimming.
Switchbacks FC fail to advance in last night’s match against OKC Energy FC in the 3rd round of the US Open Cup, missing out on a 3rd straight meeting with the Rapids this season. The Rapids will face Energy FC for the first time. Game according to ussoccer.com is scheduled for June 13th. 3rd round US Open Cup results and 4th round schedule here.
No Bobby Burling for this weekend’s match again the Crew SC, thanks to the Disciplinary Committee. No Howard due to US National team duties. No Watts possibly with a calf injury. Mekeil Williams is possibly also out as he is training with Trinidad & Tobago this week for the upcoming WCQ against the US next Thursday. So the back four for Saturday looks like it could be Hairston, Sjoberg, Ford and Miller to start.
Congrats to Conor Casey who will join the Rapids Gallery of Honor on Saturday.
The GOOD – Better game overall than the previous against OCSC the previous weekend. More shots (15) on goal, though only 1 was on target. Gashi has found his left foot again, and played a full 90, this is a great thing. Powers played well at the D-Mid position next to Azira. Rapids supporters standing in the 24th minute in support of Rapids homegrown player Kortne Ford whose mother is fighting breast cancer.
The BAD – Officiating, but certainly not the reason the Rapids lost the game. The back line played better overall until the counter attack late in the second half, leading to the Brek Shea goal. 5 losses in a row, the spiral continues.
The UGLY – Mekeil Williams’ red card. Who will play left back on Saturday? Personally I would like to see Dennis Castillo get the call up from Charlotte. Or do we see Mike da Fonte get the start this week?
The Final Third – Another late game collapse from the Rapids, a scenario we’ve seen way too much of. The Rapids have 7 of their next 10 games at home and could really turn things around on the season. A win this weekend will help that.
The Rapids will try again to get in the win column this Saturday as the San Jose Quakes roll into town. Sjoberg has been seen on the practice field this week.
On what is deadline day in the footballing world of the winter transfer window, the Rapids seem to have added two pieces to the roster, while losing another. Washington Post Soccer Insider, Steven Goff reports that the Rapids are in the process of trading Marcelo Sarvas to DC United. Sarvas is said to have shown up at United’s training camp this morning. The deal is reportedly for target allocation money. More to come as this unfolds.
UPDATE – Late this afternoon the Rapids finalized a trade of Marcelo Sarvas to DC United for targeted allocation money and a 2018 draft pick. Thank you Sarvas for your time in burgundy and blue! Best of luck!
According to the Twittersphere, the Rapids have added defender Mekeil Williams from Antigua GFC, no details on the transaction so far.
The Rapids it seems has added some help for Doyle up top in the signing of Albanian striker Shkelzen Gashi from Swiss side FC Basel. Gashi signs with the Rapids as a designated player in what is a reported as a 4 year deal. Gashi is the two time defending golden boot winner since he’s arrived in Basel in 2014.
Welcome Shkelzen Gashi and Mekeil Williams!